Foraging for Free Food? There's an App for That

By Leah Zerbe

You don't have to be some kind of backwoods, off-the-grid, Grizzly Adams type to enjoy eating off of the land.

Foraging, aka gathering your own food, is a trend growing in popularity in cities, suburbs, and the boondocks alike, a reason that foraging iPhone apps are now readily available.

These handy apps help you easily ID edible and poisonous plants while you're out in the field, eliminating the need to trudge around carrying bulky paper guidebooks. The apps even work if you have no cellphone reception.

Wild Foods Forum recommends these two apps:

"Wildman" Steve Brill's Wild Edibles, $7.99

Sergei-Boutenko's Wild Edibles, $2.99

For more ways to become self-sufficient, and save money in the process, see:

7 Wild Fruits That Could Be Growing in Your Backyard
Make Your Own Homemade Yogurt, No Plastic Tubs Required
Make Your Own Butter, No Churning Required

Wild Foods Forum 22(3): 9 (Fall 2011).
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